By Rotimi Ijikanmi
The Federal Government said on Wednesday that the issue of whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should run for another term in 2019 was a “distraction for the President at this time’’.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this in reaction to a statement issued by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the state of the nation.
Obasanjo, in the statement, had, among other issues he raised, called on Buhari not to seek reelection in 2019.
“It is true that many Nigerians have been calling on the President to run again, while others are opposed to his return.
“However, we believe this issue is a distraction for the President at this time.
“This is because Mr President spends every waking hour tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his administration by successive past administrations.
“He is committed to fulfilling the mandate given to him by Nigerians in 2015. And that’s where we are right now!’’ he said.
The minister also assured of the government’s readiness to deploy concrete measures to end the crisis resulting from herders/farmers’ clashes.
“This administration is determined to end the crisis resulting from this once and for all, not minding the fact that the clashes predate us.
“We urge Nigerians to have faith in the administration’s ability to resolve the crisis, and to watch out for concrete measures in this regard,’’ he said.
The minister, on behalf of the government, thanked Obasanjo for the release on the state of the nation believing that it was issued with good motive.
“For the record, Chief Obasanjo is a patriot, and he has proven this time and time again. We appreciate what he said concerning the administration’s performance
“We have no reason to believe that the former President has any motive beyond the well-being of the nation in issuing the statement,’’ he said. (NAN)